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Dark Skies
Star Parties
Solar System
Light Pollution
Astronomers are always looking for darks skies to view and photograph celestial objects. Light pollution washes out the sky and makes it difficult to see deep space objects even in a telescope. This sky glow map of the eastern United States shows that dark sky locations are becoming an extinct species.
If you are using a telescope to view or image objects in the night sky it is a good idea to find the darkest spot you can. Imaging with a webcam is a great hobby More and more astronomy enthusiasts are discovering that webcams are in inexpensive way to capture great images on objects in the night sky.

Light Pollution Map of the Eastern USA

This light pollution map shows the amount of light pollution on the easter half of the united states. The darker areas on the map have less light pollution. As you can see Spruce Knobb State Park (SN) is in one of the darkest areas east of the Mississippi. It is a great place for observing. Another good location is Cherry Spring State Park (CS). The Black Forest Star Party is a very popular star party held at Cherry Springs.



The dark in this light pollution map areas are the best place to view the stars,
milky way, and deep space objects.

Click here for a light pollution map of the eastern PA, NJ, and NY



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